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    • Hmmm.

      Yes, we are more or less incapable of strategic, long-term sacrifice.

      Yes, we obsess over politics.

      Too much? That, I'm not so sure about. Maybe our focus is on the wrong ball a lot of times, though.

      I don't think that I agree that non-political events are more important in shaping the future. To me, that sounds like something a man selling a book or speaking appearances might say (forgive me if I'm reading this gentleman incorrectly.)

      Examples:

      Lyndon Johnson -- Civil Rights legislation, Vietnam War.

      Richard Nixon -- created the Environmental Protection Agency, signed into law the Clean Air Act. Congress overrode Nixon's veto to enact the Clean Water Act.

      Ronald Reagan -- the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the marriage between the GOP and the religious right.

      George HW Bush -- overt racism in GOP campaign strategy.

      Bill Clinton -- set the stage for the 2008 financial meltdown that turned millions of lives upside down and may have contributed to Donald Trump being elected (and effects of that will be interesting to measure in the decades to come.)

      George W Bush -- the invasion of Iraq, which has fundamentally destabilized the Middle East.

      Barack Obama -- too early to tell, but a front-runner is the Affordable Care Act. (Possibly white grievance, too, although that may be due to larger social forces like demographic changes.)

    • BTW, my favorite singe podcast episode of the year was a Stay Tuned with Preet.


      June 21, 2018

      Criminal Justice, Part 4: Your Questions, Answered (with Anne Milgram and Lisa Monaco)

      Anne Milgram is the former Attorney General of New Jersey. Lisa
      Monaco was the Homeland Security Advisor to President Barack Obama. They
      join Preet to tackle your questions on the criminal justice system.
      What does collusion mean? What is a constitutional crisis? And is court
      anything like how it seems on TV?

    • I don't necessarily agree with the specifics you've attributed to various politicians, but I agree that they can have enormous impact. I used to travel to Venezuela for business when it felt like a wealthy nation and it feels like political leaders brought it to its current state. My God, just look at WW1 and WW2.

    • I heard that episode! Loved it too, as I do all his episodes. Who knew a soft-spoken attorney could be so fascinating a podcast host?

      Here's another episode that I can't stop thinking about. While Kara was obsessed over Facebook and Google, Sam took the point of view that we give too much time to thinking about current-day problems and not enough to future ones. We have to start focusing on AI as a future one.

    • That was fascinating. I now officially worship Kara Swisher and her swashbuckling, no-BS ways.

      BTW, this question from the audience captures the kind of thing I sense coming out of the Silicon Valley subculture nowadays. And I think the interlocutor's first response is exactly what I feel.

      Chris: I’m Chris. You have made mention before of being
      fatigued from news and that potential resource being repleted. Sam, you
      mentioned the exponential growth curve, I think a nod to the
      singularity. The Weinstein brothers make mention of the sense-making
      apparatus when referring to the news. And I think the disruption of the
      economics that publishing news today. When you believe are going to be
      the upcoming sense-making apparati of dealing with the increasing
      intentional load we’re going to see as our growth exponentially expands?

      Manny Yekutiel: Does someone want to repeat that question?